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Middle Tennessee 67, Florida International 41

Associated Press

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Savannah Wheeler scored 18 points and No. 23 Middle Tennessee State ran its winning streak to 16 games with a 67-41 victory over Florida International.

The Blue Raiders used a 17-2 run to close the second quarter to lead 29-21 at the break and added an 11-1 run late in the third quarter to break the game open.

Kseniya Malashka added 13 points and Courtney Blakely 11 for the Blue Raiders (18-2, 11-0 Conference USA).

Kaliah Henderson and Maria Torres both scored 10 points for the Panthers (10-10, 5-6), who have lost 17 of the last 18 against MTSU. FIU went 3 of 17 from 3-point range and shot 29% overall.

MTSU shot 48% (27 of 56) overall despite going 4 of 22 (18%) from 3-point range. Combined with the 3-of-23 (13%) against Florida Atlantic on Thursday, the Blue Raiders had their two worst performances from long distance this season. A 43-28 rebounding advantage and 46-22 difference in points in the paint offset the struggles.

The Panthers hit a pair of 3-pointers in a 10-0 run in the first half and led 15-12 after one quarter but the Blue Raiders had a 12-0 run in the second to lead for a 29-21 lead at the break.

FIU hit just one of its last eight shots while MTSU was 6 of 7. The Panthers shot 32% while Wheeler scored 11 points for the Blue Raiders without missing a shot.

January 28, 2023


FIU
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
M. Torres F 26 3-9 3-4 1-3 1-1 1 0 1 1 5 10
H. Butera C 15 1-2 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 2 2 3
K. Henderson G 39 4-17 1-3 1-4 3-7 2 0 2 5 3 10
O. Trice G 31 2-6 0-0 0-3 0-1 1 3 2 3 1 4
T. Hayes G 29 0-7 2-2 0-2 1-7 1 1 1 2 2 2
Z. Gonzalez 26 2-5 0-0 0-1 0-4 0 0 1 0 0 4
A. Yoakum 13 2-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 4
M. Lazic 12 1-2 1-2 1-2 0-2 1 0 0 1 1 4
S. Joyeuse 5 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0
S. Rodriguez Camacho 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Totals   200 15-52
(.288)
8-13
(.615)
3-17
(.176)
7-28 6 4 8 18 19 41


Middle Tennessee
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
C. Whitson F 35 3-9 0-0 0-6 2-9 2 1 1 2 0 6
A. Boldyreva C 17 3-5 1-2 0-1 1-4 0 1 0 0 0 7
J. Gregory G 33 2-9 0-0 1-3 2-5 0 0 1 4 2 5
A. Whittington G 31 3-5 0-0 1-3 0-2 2 1 0 0 3 7
S. Wheeler G 30 7-11 3-5 1-4 0-5 2 0 1 4 1 18
K. Malashka 28 5-12 3-4 0-3 2-8 1 3 4 2 3 13
C. Blakely 26 4-5 2-2 1-2 1-6 3 0 3 2 4 11
J. Grannum 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 27-56
(.482)
9-13
(.692)
4-22
(.182)
10-43 10 6 10 14 13 67


Officials: Bill Larance, Jamie Broderick, Ifeyinwa Seales
Attendance: 3,313




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